Yasso 800s: Pep Back in my Step

After a ton of deliberation, I decided to let my personal trainer go. The final nail in that coffin came when my old trainer ran into my husband at the Y, and he told her that he was mad at my new trainer (and me for not speaking up). My old trainer was upset at my new trainer, saying, “She should know better.” My old trainer then emailed me and said the same thing.

I know it’s a little sad that I needed backup validation, but I did.

Since I took that out of my schedule these past two weeks, I’ve added in some strength work on my own and I’m adding another yoga class. We have a new yoga instructor who is terrific, and he does a lot of difficult strength moves that are fun to try. I still need to come up with a good routine of sorts to do two to three times weekly on my own. Nothing major, just 30-45 minutes of complimentary exercises to support my running.

My chiropractor has identified part of the cause of my right hip issue: some flexion inhibitions in my lower back. I’m not entirely sure what that means, but we did some diagnostic tests, and I couldn’t do some functional movements on my right side that I could do on my left. It was weird. He said it should be a relatively quick fix through some PT.

The biggest thing I feel different since skipping the last two personal training sessions is that the fatigue that was plaguing my speed workouts has gone away. Yep, I believe I was in the Dread Overtraining Zone with an over zealous personal trainer. I’m sure if my goal was to get ripped, she would be perfect, but as someone getting to peak mileage in marathon training, not so good.

Today I had Yasso 800s in my running schedule for the first time. The weather has been miserable (again. Still.) so I had to do it on the treadmill. To adapt it to the treadmill, I did a three mile warm up, followed by 8 times 1/2 mile with a target of 7:40/mile pace (or 3:50 for the interval) with active jogs for 1/4 mile between, then a 3 mile cool down. I believe the typical Yasso 800 workout uses 10 intervals rather than 8, but my coach assigned me 6-8, so I did 8. I’m confident I could’ve done 10, though. I was firing on all cylinders.

My Yasso intervals broke down like this:
3:42, 3:45, 3:50, 3:44, 3:39, 3:39, 3:36, 3:30

And I felt fantastic. The overall pace for a total of 12 miles was 8:23. It was one of the best runs I’ve ever had. The intervals didn’t feel difficult at all. When I hit my pace, I was shocked because I’d struggled three weeks ago to hold that pace. I was too fatigued to handle it.

Moral of the story: listen to my body.


9 thoughts on “Yasso 800s: Pep Back in my Step

  1. Listening to your body is always the way to go.
    And don’t be discouraged that things didn’t work out with your trainer, everything is a learning experience.
    If you ever go back to hiring one, you will be more vocal about how you are feeling.

  2. tundrawoman says:

    YESSSS! (high five, PV!) That’s a hellacious accomplishment! Sometimes, “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do.” Harder for some than others 😉
    Since I know squat about running, training etc. I just want to mention when your husband noted the difference between your left and right strides from his view from behind? Whoa. Now, why did that Personal Trainer not see this?
    That really gave me cause to pause.
    So, fantastic for you and onward to the “biggie” Marathon! I just *know* I’m gonna see you at some point in Boston, live streaming across my ‘puter screen ‘fo show’ and this old widow broad will be cheering-wildly! How can I be so sure? A year ago you couldn’t even imagine the word “athlete” applying to you: It wasn’t even in your vocabulary. (I’ll supply the gum, ‘K?!)

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